November 2, 2013

Ready to surrender? Not so fast, my friend!
Ready to surrender? Not so fast, my friend!

Back in the 1960’s while serving in the U.S. Navy, shipmates were, for the most part, discouraged. The emotional state was called “short timer’s attitude”. Fellows would actually calculate the years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds until their release from active duty.

Discouraged people naturally discourage other people. Discouragement spreads like infectious disease. How do you cure such a sickness? There is a cure, brother: encouragement!

Growing up was difficult enough for me without compounding my life experience with someone else’s ‘disease’ of discouragement. Early in life I made a decision that I would not permit another’s discouragement to infect me. So it was I sought encouragement. I found it in Norfolk, Virginia.

“The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching — sacrifice.” - Douglas MacArthur
“The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching — sacrifice.” – Douglas MacArthur [John 15:13]
From time to time, I made a pilgrimage of sorts from NAS Oceana to the MacArthur memorial in Norfolk. Tirelessly I viewed the films, read about his awards and devoured his words. I found a vaccination against discouragement.

Another historical character, King David, was at a low point i life that could discourage just about any man or woman. David and his men lost all that really matters in life: our wives, children and grandchildren. His men were so put out they were talking about stoning him to death.

It was at this very low point in his life that David was able to encourage himself in the Lord.

Are you discouraged? Feeling down? Current events are enough to discourage just about anyone, including me. And so it was this morning that two leadership giants came to mind: General Douglas MacArthur and King David. 

I encourage myself in the Lord who promised to never leave me nor forsake me. He is Jehovah Nissi, the Lord my Banner. He is Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord my Righteousness. It’s in Him that I live and move and have my being.

This morning, the second day of November 2013, I am at peace because my God is Jehovah Shalom, the Lord my Peace.

Are you at peace with yourself and the world? If no, I highly recommend you become acquainted with the One, the only one, who can give you genuine, lasting peace: you need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.— Jesus Christ, Revelation 3:20


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